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Happy Mother’s Day

This day has been very quiet day. My oldest is in Europe and my youngest went to work. I spent the day lounging. Went to see my own mother. She was in a good mood. Called my Aunt who is like a second mother to me. It was a good day.

Last week was great on the exercise front. I still don’t get up every morning but a workout was done 4 days last week. I’m getting there, slowly. I am still not eating after 8:30 pm. So that should help.

I ordered some clothes from Walmart of all places. I am a fan of Gloria Vanderbilt jeans. They manage to hide my side fat. I have more pairs than I care to admit to. Unfortunately some of them are starting to suffer from the inevitable chub rub. One of my coworkers told me that my jeans are in the local Walmart. I went online and found them for $9/pair!!! I bought all colours that were in my size.  4 new pairs of jeans for me. 1 pair is just slightly too small but I’m going to keep them as they were nine dollars! I’ll fit into them eventually.

I also picked up 2 dresses and a jumper to take to Florida.

Surprisingly these all got approval from my youngest.

My schedule change at the PT job was approved. Not sure when it will take effect as I am on the schedule this Saturday, but I know it is coming. Hello social life!!

I have been challenged by one of my very good friends to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life. He knows that I will continue to put it off until my death bed if I am not pushed. This is still a work in progress. My first task is to identify the top 10 (minimum 8) things that are holding me back. This is harder that I thought it would be. But I will get on it.

My girl comes back on Thursday evening so I am going to have dinner with a friend near the airport before picking her up. Other than that this week should be mundane.

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This and that

Exercise was lacking last week, but I’m getting on it this week. I am going to Florida at the end of the month and I want to be in better shape. Mostly so the clothes that are in my closet might fit nicer. Really don’t want to buy new clothes.

Last week’s win was that I stopped eating at 8:30 pm on most nights. If I am not exercising, I will have to control my eating. I still eat most things although the acne on my chin seems to suggest I should lay off the dairy. I will be eating “cleaner” until my trip.

I saw Avengers: Endgame … all 3 glorious hours of it. I stopped drinking liquids at 3 pm before the 8 pm showing and was able to sit comfortably throughout the whole movie. It was a good show. My oldest was a hot mess at the end.

Took my car for an oil change and ended up buying 2 new tires as the mechanic found a nail in one of the tires. It was recommended that I get at least 2 tires for evenness or something of the nature. So that was a bit unexpected. Over the past 2 weeks, I have spent quite a bit so I am going to try to lay low for the rest of the month.

I changed my availability at my part time job so hopefully in a couple of weeks I can get my Saturday nights back and start socializing again.

I went to see a friend who recently got some bad news on the health front. It was sobering to see her so low energy. I was only there for about 30 minutes before she looked like she was ready to nap. This whole situation makes me very sad.

Reached out to my Dad today and was happy to learn that he is going out and meeting new people. In fact he is so busy, it makes me look bad. He seems to be making great strides with getting out there. It might be time for his daughter to follow suit. 😉

Exercise recap

Monday morning:

Brain: “Girl, it’s time to get up and do a workout”
Body: “Are you sure?”
Brain: “Yes”
Body: “Ok”

Tuesday morning:

Brain: “Girl, it’s time to get up and do a workout”
Body: “Are you sure?”
Brain: “Yes”
Body: “Again?”
Brain: “Yes”
Body: “Ok”

Wednesday morning:

Brain: “Girl, it’s time to get up and do a workout”
Body: “Are you sure?”
Brain: “Yes”
Body: “Again?”
Brain: “Yes”
Body: “But I hurt”
Brain: “No pain, no gain”
Body: “Ok”

Thursday morning:

Brain: “Girl, it’s time to get up and do a workout”
Body: “But I hurt”
Brain: “Come on. No pain, no gain. Remember?”
Body: “#$%#$^% off”

I was doing so well, but then I felt like I needed a rest day and that turned into 2 rest days. Then yesterday I met up with some friends and we walked 4 kms, very slowly but I am feeling it. Today I did an ab workout with my youngest and decided we need to do that more often. My core is weak.

Went to a funeral for a distant cousin on Friday and saw a whole side of my family that I haven’t seen in 6 years. Sadly a few of them live in town so we have no good excuse. Took my Aunt and my Mom and was reminded that my family is getting older. I’m a bit concerned about my Aunt who lives alone in a senior’s building. Her short term memory is going. Twice on the way home she asked my Mom the same question. She is aware of it, but it still makes me wonder what the future may hold. This Aunt does not have any kids and I am the closest to her, so this may fall on me when the time comes.

I has a brilliant idea the other day to change my PT work schedule and instead of working Saturdays, work Sundays instead. This will free up Saturday evenings and I can regain some sort of social life. I was looking ahead to and there are so many events that I want to do that mostly happen on Saturdays. Trying to get my work/life balance to be a little more even. I will have to adjust my laundry and meal planning but I think it is doable and worthwhile.

 

 

A quick update

Sorry I missed last week. I ran out of time as I took my kids to see their paternal Grandmother who was visiting from out of town and did not account for how long that visit would last.

The past few weeks have been a struggle on the exercise front. I am not doing as well as I use to. But tomorrow is a new day/week!

A family friend is coming into town tomorrow. This means I really need to get myself into a morning workout routine so I am free Tuesday night. We are going to meet up with my cousin downtown. I have not seen my cousin in years. His mom died earlier this year so it will be great to have some face time.

I am officially over my no meat diet and can’t wait for this weekend. I don’t remember it being this hard. The first couple of weeks and these last weeks have seem more challenging than I expected. I have craved for chicken which never happens. I think this might have to do with my struggle to find plant based protein. I have put dairy back in my life in an attempt to address this.

Ok, I need to find my bed so that I can get up early and work out tomorrow morning. 😉

Need to step up my game

I took Thursday and Friday off last week from the day job and made a real attempt to get to bed on this side of midnight. It is amazing what a good night’s sleep can do. So I am recommitting to going to bed by 11:30 pm. This will be a challenge on the nights I work until 11 pm but it is possible. I will let the kitchen become a hot mess in order to facilitate 11:30.

Last Monday I walked into the night job only to be asked if I really wanted to work. That answer is usually always no. It was very quiet so I took advantage of the offer and went home.

Wednesday night, I went to the night job only to see a coworker at the team leader’s desk. As it turned out she thought she was on the schedule since it was her normal shift. Since she comes from a 40+ minutes drive away, I told her she could have my shift.

Friday, I was not so lucky and had to work my full shift. The manager of the call center was in and pulling certain people aside to let them know that as we get into the summer season, hours will be reduced.

I have also come to the conclusion that I need to ramp up my exercising. I remember my doctor telling me that I should do at least 150 minutes of exercise a week. I am close to 100 a week now. So I either need to work out every day or increase my current workout time. Since I do love my rest days, I will need to increase my workouts by at least 10 minutes. This seems doable.

So more sleep and exercise are on the agenda. What’s going on with you?

No Spend is Over

Last week was a success. I got up Monday through Thursday mornings and did a workout. I am feeling good. Sundays are becoming harder to get a workout in but I am going to file it under the importance of rest days. 😉

The no spend challenge was a success. I only ate out twice last month. Once when I went ice fishing and the other was treating Diva because she had a bad week. It was not as bad as I thought it would be. Cooking on Sundays definitely made the difference. It seems like my no spending rubbed off and some of my coworkers started bringing their lunches as well.

Wednesday is the start of my “no meat” challenge. I will continue to eat seafood but will try to eat a more plant based diet. I will be looking into sources of protein that aren’t legumes and cheese. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

At the end of the month, I am going to replace the battery in my scale and see if my lifestyle changes are making a difference in my weight. Then I am going to try my hardest not to let the number affect me mentally. I am seeing muscles starting to make their appearance and that is motivating me to continue. Taking jeans straight out of the dryer and putting them on with ease is also helping. I have a set of jeans a size down that I grew out of and never got rid of. These are my next goal. Once they are easy to put on out of the dryer I think I will have to figure out what to do with myself next.

Sadly not much else is going on. My life right now is just wash, rinse, repeat. Outside of the books I read not much seems to change. I am telling myself that this is just a season and this work, work, work, work only schedule is not going to be my life forever. It’s a hard sell some days, but I realize that sacrifices must be made.

Speaking of books, I am currently reading “Becoming” by Michelle Obama and I highly recommend it.

Alright, that’s all I got for now.

Getting the hang of it

With some help (read daily early morning phone calls), I managed to work out Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning before work. It was a glorious experience to be able to come home and just sit and relax at the end of the day. I can see myself getting used to this. This week I will try to workout every morning. This will be more fun than usual as I am working until 11 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

I am still cooking 2 meals and a soup every Sunday and it is really making my life easier to not have to think too hard about what to pack for lunch and dinner. Since my kids are not loving everything I cook, the food lasts the week. Super win for me and my wallet.

Last week I surprised myself by finding and making this red lentil soup and it was delicious. It will definitely be made again, especially since I will be giving up meat for Lent.

On the menu this week is beef and broccoli, pot roast and baked sweet potatoes and chicken, kale and quinoa soup loosely based on the recipes linked.

I am going to take a break from exercising tonight as my lower back has been hurting all day. I will stretch out as I watch the Oscars.

Enjoy your evening and I hope your week is a good one!